The World Net Daily website reports today that a federal district court in Wisconsin yesterday (April 15, 2010) ruled the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued the decision in a case filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation -- a Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic group that challenged the constitutionality of the federal law.
The law gives the president the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.
Crabb -- appointed to the court in 1979 by President Carter -- determined the statute violates the First Amendment's establishing clause, which says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
The act was signed into law in 1952 by President Harry Truman.